Representatives from 55 Irish companies joined the Dublin Chamber of Commerce on a two day business mission to London on the 21st and 22nd of May. It was the Chamber’s largest ever international business mission and included site visits, briefings from UK business leaders, and a networking reception at the House of Commons, hosted by Tourism Ireland.
Gina Quin, the chief executive of Dublin Chamber said: “the level of interest in this business mission has been extremely encouraging and it shows that Irish businesses are keen to engage with the wider business community. It will provide business representatives with the opportunity to engage with UK business leaders, seek new business opportunities and to network with their peers. Last year, a similar visit to Manchester resulted in one company establishing their UK office there, so these missions have a purpose.”
The busy two day schedule included briefings with Willie Walsh, Chief Executive of International Airlines Group; Paul Caplis of UK Trade & Investment; Bo Doyle from Tech City; Mark Gregory; Chief Economist for the UK & Ireland with Ernst & Young; and Gavin McWhirter, Enterprise Ireland’s UK Manager.
Niall Gibbons, the Chief Executive of Tourism Ireland, said: “Tourism Ireland is delighted to support the Dublin Chamber of Commerce business mission to London, which seeks to enhance business opportunities from the all-important Great Britain market for Dublin and Ireland. GB is our largest and most important market for overseas tourism, accounting for over 50% of all visitors. Tourism Ireland has an extremely busy promotional programme under way this year, to grow tourism business from GB.”
Companies that travelled with the delegation included ESB, PwC, Arnotts, PayPal, Hayes Solicitors, CityJet, Croke Park Stadium, DIT, Dublin Airport Authority, Image Publications, Fexco, Grant Thornton, CA Compliance, Acumen and many others.
For further information on Dublin Chamber's International Business Missions please contact International@dublinchamber.ie.